Sharion Cranston is a child of God, a wife, a mother, a respiratory therapist. She and her husband live in the Kansas City area and have been married for 18 years. They have been blessed with 7 children, through biology and foster care adoptions. They range in age from 4 to 14! Being involved with, learning from and helping other like-minded mothers is one of her greatest joys.
Raised in and out of foster care from birth until high school, Airick Crabill bounced around enough to have attended 11 schools prior to graduation. He attended urban, suburban and rural schools; private, public, and parochial schools; lived with white families and families of color; lived in racist communities and inclusive communities; experienced loving homes and homelessness. Airick underwent the adult adoption process and he has helped raise five young men. Guided by the idea that student outcomes don’t change until adult behaviors change and drawing on his intimate familiarity with the triumphs and terrors of America's safety nets for children, he has devoted much of his adult life to advocating for the well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable youth.
Born and raised in Southern California, Kim Larson attended Biola University. After graduating
with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Education Ministries and a minor in Bible she and
her husband Jeff moved to St. Louis. Kim assisted Jeff with starting his financial practice in 2005
for 2 years before having their first daughter. Kim now spends her time homeschooling their 5
children, tutoring for a Classical Conversation Program and periodically assisting Jeff with client
events for their company.
Joe Hensley is a trial judge in the 29th Circuit of Missouri, and currently
serves as the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge. Prior to taking the bench,
Judge Hensley's law practice focused primarily in the area of contested
termination of parental rights, adoptions, and appeals. In 2013, he was
inducted into the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA). Judge
Hensley lives in Webb City, MO with his wife and two teenagers [who find no
humor in his dad jokes and tell him he looks silly in a robe].
Randy Gariss, along with his wife Julie, co-directs the Life and Ministry Preparation Center,
(LAMP) at Ozark Christian College, in Joplin, Mo. He spent 40 years in local church
ministry, 33 of those as the Preaching Minister of the College Heights Christian Church
in Joplin. In this present season he coaches and mentors college students and
emerging leaders toward wholeness, healthy relationships, and ministry. He and his
wife both speak to the pleasure and delight of having 18-22 year olds as some of their
closest and dearest friends.
He has been married 45 years with 3 children and 10 grandchildren; building custom
furniture for a hobby.
Randy is frequently speaking to churches on leadership, and college campuses on
dating, singleness and marriage.